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For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired freelance photographers to capture images relating to environmental problems, EPA activities, and everyday life in the 1970s.
The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series "DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, compiled 1972-1977" (Record Group 412) (Local ID 412-DA) and included them in our online catalog. Our Web site has quick catalog search links for featured DOCUMERICA topics, locations, and photographers.

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"Miner Bathed in the Glow of a Co-Worker's Lamp Is Shown with a Shutter Car Used for Transporting Safety Men Or Other Small Groups. The Shuttles Used for the Miners Going to and From Work Are Larger. This Is the Virginia-Pocahontas Coal Company Mine #3 near Richlands, Virginia, 04/1974" by Jack Corn for DOCUMERICA
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Caribou Trot Across the Tundra, near Prudhoe Bay Where the Pipeline Will Start 08/1973 by Dennis Cowals for DOCUMERICA
Patterned Ground, a Result of Massive Ice Formations, and a Small Stream Draining Northward From Galbraith Lake 08/1973 by Dennis Cowals for DOCUMERICA
Marine Life Taken From Water near the P.H. Robinson Generating Plant Will Be Studied for the Effects of Thermal Pollution 07/1972 by Jim Olive for DOCUMERICA
Sound Advice on a Car Parked in a Lot on West Street, near the Newly Constructed World Trade Center 05/1973 by Wil Blanche for DOCUMERICA
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Modern Buildings Tower over the Shanties Crowded Along the Martin Pena Canal 02/1973 by John Vachon for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Dennis Cowals
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A Young Female Fox near Galbraith Lake Camp 08/1973 by Dennis Cowals for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Arthur Tress
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"Snack Bar in Summer Community of Broad Channel on Jamaica Bay. Bay Clams Are the Specialty of the House, 05/1973" by Arthur Tress for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Jim Olive
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Arkansas--Fort Smith, 05/1972 by Jim Olive for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Tom Hubbard
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Downtown Parking Lot 08/1973 by Tom Hubbard for DOCUMERICA
"Loaded Coal Cars Sit in the Rail Yards at Danville, West Virginia, near Charleston. Awaiting Shipment to Customers. It Is One of the Largest Transshipment Points for Coal in the World. A Constant Stream of Rail Cars Is Moved in and Out of the Small Town, 04/1974" by Jack Corn for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Marc St. Gil
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"Buffalo on Bell Ranch, 11/1972" by Marc St. Gilfor DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Ron Hoffman
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Ski Emblems Decorate Door of Donovans, an Apres Ski Spot 02/1974 by Ron Hoffman for DOCUMERICA
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"Designer Michael Reynolds Stands Next to an Interior Wall in One of the Structures. The Inside Walls Are Built with Cans in the Position Shown. The Outside Walls Are Constructed Using an Eight Can Unit as a Building Block. (See #14164) Some 70,000 Cans Are Needed to Build a House Which Reynolds Says Can Be Built as Much as 20% Cheaper Than Conventional Homes, 06/1974" by David Hiser for DOCUMERICA
Foam, a Sign of Pollution, Floats on the St. Croix River at Calais, Down River from the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill 05/1973 by Lee Lockwood for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Charles O'Rear
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"Hitchhiker with His Dog, "Tripper", on U.S. 66. U.S. 66 Crosses The Colorado River At Topock: 05/1972", by Charles O'Rear for DOCUMERICA
"Mary Workman Holds A Jar of Undrinkable Water That Comes from Her Well, and Has Filed A Damage Suit Against the Hanna Coal Company. She Has to Transport Water from A Well Many Miles Away. Although the Coal Company Owns All the Land Around Her, and Many Roads Are Closed, She Refuses to Sell. 10/1973" by Erik Calonius for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Michael Philip Manheim
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"Jet Zooms Over Southwestern Side of Neptune Road: 05/1973" by Michael Philip Manheim for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Marc St. Gil
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Smokestacks of Chemical Plant 11/1972 by Marc St. Gil for DOCUMERICA
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Wool Mill in City Mills, One of Some 35 Manufacturing Cities and Towns on the Eighty Mile Charles River 03/1973 by Ernst Halberstadt for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Lee Lockwood
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Canning Sardines at the Holmes Packing Plant in Eastport 05/1973 by Lee Lockwood for DOCUMERICA
Children in Fort Smith Are Learning That Protecting the Environment Will Take More Than Awareness. (From the Sites Exhibition. for Other Images in This Assignment, See Fiche 24.) 06/1972 by Jim Olive for DOCUMERICA
Day's Work Done, the Parka Squirrel Stands on the Bank and Surveys Its Domain. Franklin Bluffs in Background 08/1973 by Dennis Cowals for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Bill Reaves
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Lake Lyndon Johnson. (From the Documerica-1 Exhibition. for Other Images in This Assignment, See Fiche Number 35.) by Bill Reaves for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Patricia Duncan
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Rear Window of a Car Shows a "Save the Tallgrass Prairie" Sticker. The Driver Was Attending the Second Annual Tallgrass Prairie National Park Conference Held at a Ywca Camp at Elmdale Kansas, near Emporia in the Flint Hills Region. Attending Were Members of Save the Tallgrass Prairie, Inc., Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club and National Audubon Society 09/1974 by Patricia Duncan for DOCUMERICA
"Members of a Coal Company Safety Team Don Their Equipment in Preparation for the Kentucky State Mine Safety Contest at Benham, near Cumberland, in Harlan County. All of the Larger Mines Safety Teams for Each Shift Who Practice to Maintain a State of Readiness in the Event of a Mine Accident. Each Team Has Different Color Coveralls to Differentiate Them During the Competition Which Is Good-Natured, But Fierce. The Aim Is to Save Life. 10/1974" by Jack Corn for DOCUMERICA
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"Sheared and Unsheared Sheep on a Ranch near Leakey, Texas and San Antonio. Sheared Sheep Are Marked Either for Return to Pasture Or the Slaughter House, 05/1973" by Marc St. Gil for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Deborah Parks
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The Rockport Congregational Church on Sunday Morning 02/1973 by Deborah Parks for DOCUMERICA
Aerial of a Typical Company Town near Logan, West Virginia with the School at One End and the Company Store at the Other Company Towns Are Becoming a Thing of the Past. Because They Now Have Their Own Transportation, the Miners Choose to Live Away From the Mines in Which They Work and Commute as Much as 25 Miles One Way to Work. Before Miners Had Their Own Cars They Clustered in Company Towns and Walked to Work 04/1974 by Jack Corn for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Ron Hoffman
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Chair Lift Goes to the Top of Snowmass Mountain 01/1974 by Ron Hoffman for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Bill Reaves
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Recreational Development of Lake Travis, Texas. (From the Documerica-1 Exhibition. for Other Images in This Assignment, See Fiche Number 35.) by Bill Reaves for DOCUMERICA
"Architect and Experimental House Builder Michael Reynolds Lives in This Structure Which Is a Compendium of His Experiments in the Field, near Taos, New Mexico. The Left Portion of the Structure with the Pyramid-Shaped Roof Has Been Built Using Empty Steel Beer and Soft Drink Cans. The Sloping Walls at Its Base is a Solar Heat Collector. Reynolds Has Built Entire Homes from the Cans, and Reports They Can Be Built as Much as 20% Cheaper Than Conventional Housing, 06/1974" by David...
David Shanklin, 19, Lives in a Coal Company Town near Sunbright, West Virginia, and Graduated From Logan County High School. His Girlfriend, Janet Edwards, 17, Still Attends High School in Logan. David's Father Was Killed in the Mines in 1954 by a Roof Fall and He Wants to Be a Miner, But His Mother Doesn't Want Him To. The Youth Has a Brother Working in the Mines. Notice the Out Houses in Front of the Homes 04/1974 by PHOTOG for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Marc St. Gil
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Sunset over Olin-Mathieson Plant 06/1972 by Marc St. Gill for DOCUMERICA
This Dairy Farmer near Randolph Center, Vermont, Averages About 400 Gallons of Maple Syrup Each Spring. Thirty to 40 Gallons of Sap Are Needed to Make One Gallon of Syrup 04/1974 by Jane Cooper for DOCUMERICA
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The Atlas Chemical Company Belches Smoke across Pasture Land in Foreground. The Plant Is Referred to as "Old Darky" in the Community Because Black Soot from the Plant Covers Everything Near-By. One Farmer Claims He Lost Several Cows Due to Soot and Chemicals from Atlas, 06/1972 by Marc St. Gill for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Deborah Parks
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Rockport Fishermen Repair Their Lobster Boat 02/1973 by Deborah Parks for DOCUMERICA
Closeup of Volunteer Fire Department Lieutenant Wallace "Whitey" Wolf at a Large Brush Fire. He Works as a Mechanic at the City's Repair Garage. New Ulm Is a County Seat Trading Center of 13,000 in a Farming Area of South Central Minnesota. It Was Founded in 1854 by a German Immigrant Land Company That Encouraged Its Kinsmen to Emigrate From Europe. Population Has Grown Steadily Since 1950 with the Arrival of Several Manufacturing Firms 10/1974 by Bruce Bisping for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 John Vachon
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Abandoned Car Under a Palm Tree at Rincon 02/1973 by John Vachon for DOCUMERICA
Burrough Audubon Society Members Use Binoculars to Identify Migratory Shore Birds During a Scheduled Outing at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Missouri, in the Northwest Part of the State. The Refuge Is on the Mississippi Flyway 02/1975 by PHOTOG for DOCUMERICA
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A "City Farmer" Tends His Vegetables in the Fenway Gardens Administered by the Fenway Civic Association. An Outgrowth of the "Victory Gardens" of World War II, the Association Has 600 Members Who Cultivate a Total of 425 Garden Plots in These Five Acres of Metropolitan Boston 08/1973 by Ernst Halberstadt for DOCUMERICA
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"There Is Some Local Opposition to Stripping the Land in Southeastern Ohio. Most People, However, Are Employed by the Coal Companies and Are Afraid Any Demands for Reform Will Cost Them Their Jobs. Off Route 800, 10/1973" by Erik Calonius for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 David Brill
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Trying To Hear. (From the Sites Exhibition.) 05/1973 by David Brill for DOCUMERICA
"One Example of Wall Construction in Experimental Housing Using Empty Steel Beer and Soft Drink Cans near Taos, New Mexico Cans for Non-Load Bearing Walls Such as This Can Be Laid Horizontally and Will Be Plastered over When the House Is Completed, 06/1974" by David Hiser for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Marc St. Gil
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"W.G. Leistikon, 70; and John Ricks, 87, in Front of the Local Drugstore. Stumps in Front of Store Are Reserved for the "Old-Timers" 11/1972" by Marc St. Gil for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Deborah Parks
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Worker with the Rockport Public Works Department 02/1973 by Deborah Parks for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Ken Heyman
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Martin-Pena Area of Puerto Rico. (From the Documerica-1 Exhibition. For Other Images in This Assignment, See Row 3 F through K and Row 4a.) 04/1972 by Ken Heyman for DOCUMERICA
Miner Wayne Gipson, 39, with His Daughter Tabitha, 3. He Has Just Gotten Home From His Job as a Conveyor Belt Operator in a Non-Union Mine. as Soon as He Arrives He Takes a Shower and Changes Into Clothes to Do Livestock Chores with His Two Sons. Gipson Was Born and Raised in Palmer, Tennessee, But Now Lives with His Family near Gruetli, near Chattanooga. He Moved North to Work and Married There, But Returned Because He and His Wife Think It Is a Better Place to Live 12/1974 by Jack Corn for...
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Apr 30, 2018 Arthur Tress
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"Old Buoys on Wharf in Staten Island 05/1973" by Arthur Tress for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Charles Steinhacker
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"Barn in Bethel, on the Androscoggin River. Bethel, One of the Oldest Villages in Western Maine, Is Situated on the Androscoggin River, 06/1973" by Charles Steinhacker for DOCUMERICA
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Coal City Club in Coal City, West Virginia, a Part of Beckley All of the Men Are Coal Miners. Note That Some of Them Are "Hunkering Down" Rather Than Sitting. This Is a Familiar Stance to All Miners Who Use This Posture in the Mine Shafts Which Have Low Ceilings 06/1974 by Jack Corn for DOCUMERICA
"Miners Line Up to Go Into the Elevator Shaft at the Virginia-Pocahontas Coal Company Mine #4 near Richlands, Virginia the Man at the Right Wears a Red Hat Which Means He Is a New Miner and Has Worked Below Less Than a Month. His Belt Also Shows Less Wear Than the Others. The Miner at the Left Carries Red Man Chewing Tobacco, Used by Many of the Men Because They Cannot Smoke in the Mines. They Also Prefer to Carry Their Own Water Rather Than Use What the Company Provides 04/1974" by...
Mounted Horseman Who Will Take Part in a Parade through the Town of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, near Emporia, During Its Annual Flint Hills Rodeo, a Major Cultural Event of the Area. Horses and Large Cattle Trucks Are the Featured Models of Transportation. It Is a 19th Century "Cowboy" Town in the Heart of the Kansas Flint Hills Region, and near an Area Designed as a Possible Site for a Tall Grass Prairie National Park 06/1974 by Patricia Duncan for DOCUMERICA
Exhibit at the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development Held at the Marriott Motor Inn, Ann Arbor Vehicles and Hardware Were Assembled at the EPA Ann Arbor Laboratory. Part of the Exhibit Was Held in the Motel Parking Lot General Motors Urban Electric Car Gets Battery Charge. in the Background (Left) Is the Ebs Electric "Sundancer" 10/1973 by Frank Lodge for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Charles Steinhacker
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"Kayaks on the Upper Reaches of the Androscoggin River, Just Below the Bridge at Errol 06/1973" by Charles Steinhacker for DOCUMERICA
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A New Father Holds His Child for the First Time in Loretto Hospital in New Ulm, Minnesota. There Are Two Hospitals in the Town Union Which Is Non-Denominational and Loretto Which Is Catholic They Have Divided Their Services to Specialize and Give More Efficient Service. New Ulm Is a County Seat Trading Center of 13,000 in a Farming Area of South Central Minnesota. It Was Founded in 1854 by a German Immigrant Land Company That Encouraged Kinsmen to Emigrate From Europe 10/1974 by James McTaggart...
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Apr 30, 2018 Arthur Tress
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"Abandoned Car in Jamaica Bay 06/1973" by Arthur Tress for DOCUMERICA
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Church in Milltown, New Brunswick, on the Canadian Side of the St. Croix River 05/1973 by Lee Lockwood for DOCUMERICA
Exhibit at the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development Held at the Marriott Motor Inn, Ann Arbor Vehicles and Hardware Were Assembled at the EPA Ann Arbor Laboratory. Part of the Exhibit Was Held in the Motel Parking Lot Photo Shows Participants Looking over the Esb "Sundancers", an Experimental Electric Car 10/1973 by Frank Lodge for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Erik Calonius
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"Subway Car. 05/1973" by Erik Calonius for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Ernst Halberstadt
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Fruits and Flowers at the Outdoor Market in Haymarket Square 05/1973 by Ernst Halberstadt for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Marc St. Gil
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"Campers in Garner State Park, 07/1972" by Marc St. Gil for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Michael Philip Manheim
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"Logan Airport Area. Little League Game on Land Loaned by Massport (Massachusetts Port Authority) near Bennington Street East Boston's Main Thoroughfare. Some Local Citizen Leaders Consider This to Be Part of a Public Relations Campaign by Massport on Behalf of Its Continuing Inroads into the Neighborhood, 05/1973" by Michael Philip Manheim for DOCUMERICA
"Jack Smith, 42, Rhodell, West Virginia, Seated in the Beer Joint He Operates in a Wheel-Chair Bought for Him by His Friend Arnold Miller, President of the United Mine Workers Union. He Was Disabled at Age 21 after a Year in the Mines and Had to Wait 18 Years to Collect Workman's Compensation. He Stays Current on Union Affairs and Will Man a Picket Line. During the Strike for Black Lung Benefits His Wife Wheeled Him in Front of a Train to Stop It 05/1974" by Jack Corn for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Ernst Halberstadt
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Public Playground on the Charles River, near Soldiers Field Road 06/1973 by Ernst Halberstadt for DOCUMERICA
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Original Caption: Young Bull Caribou Crosses Gravel Roadway near Mile 0 08/1973 by Dennis Cowals for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 NASA 1
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"Earth, as Seen by Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt from Apollo 17: 12/1972" by NASA Apollo 17 for DOCUMERICA
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"Woodrow Wilson, One of Leakey's Local Characters, in His Pickup. He Never Works, But Sits Staring at the River from 7 A.M until Sunset, 06/1972" by Marc St. Gil for DOCUMERICA
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Apr 30, 2018 Marc St. Gil
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"Cut-Rate Gas Station Operates Out of Bus, 06/1972" by Marc St. Gil for DOCUMERICA
Every February on Brookfield Pond Area There Is a Traditional Ice-Cutting Festival Where Free Rides Are Offered in a Horse-Drawn Sleigh 02/1974 by Jane Cooper for DOCUMERICA
"Rear View of Supervisors' Housing in Dehue, West Virginia, a Youngstown Steel Corporation Company Town near Logan. In the Older Housing the Supervisors Were Given Two Story Homes with Four Rooms on Each Floor While the Workers Received One Story Four Room Dwellings. The Houses Also Were Separated, Symbolic of a Caste System That Is Now Becoming a Thing of the Past 04/1974" by Jack Corn for DOCUMERICA
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Foamy St. Croix River, Looking North to the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill Which Is 10 Miles Away 05/1973 by Lee Lockwood for DOCUMERICA
"Owner of the First House Made Completely from Empty Steel Beer and Soft Drink Cans Sits in His Living Room near Taos, New Mexico. Eight Cans Are Made Into Block Like Units and Covered with Mortar for the Exterior Walls ..., 06/1974", by David Hiser for DOCUMERICA
Anxious Youngsters Begin the Chase in a Greased Pig Contest at the Tennessee Consolidated Coal Company First Annual Picnic Held at a Tennessee Valley Authority Lake near Jasper and Chattanooga, Tennessee. During the Day the Miners and Their Families Gathered to Talk, Participate in Sports, Eat Barbecue, and Hear the Company President Explain Health and Retirement Benefits 08/1974 by PHOTOG for DOCUMERICA
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